Del Mar College’s Board of Regents announced Tuesday a vacancy in the District 3 seat after accepting former Regent Elva Estrada’s resignation during a regular meeting.
Estrada has been on the board since Nov. 2006. She resigned formally in a letter on Jan. 16 for health reasons.
“It has been a true honor and privilege to have had the opportunity to serve the College and our community as a regent for over 14 years,” Estrada’s letter stated.
Chairwoman at-large Carol Scott said Estrada brought valuable expertise to the board and was an extraordinary woman.
President of Del Mar College Mark Escamilla echoed Scott’s words and said it’s difficult for him to accept her resignation.
“She was the last of the regents who hired me back in 2008,” Escamilla said. “She and I shared that very special bond. She, and while she was on the board, always maintained the heart of an educator. For those in education out there know exactly what I mean. The heart for the student and the community.”
Second vice chairperson Susan Hutchinson said when she joined the board in 2009, she remembers doing the basic training, but learned most from Estrada. She said Estrada had a quiet confidence, was always civil and diplomatic and she hopes to carry those qualities with her.
The board is now accepting the required documents for consideration for an appointment to the District 3 seat.
Potential candidates must be a resident of Texas for at least one year, a resident of District 3 of the Del Mar College district for at least six months and a registered voter. The Del Mar College district includes the area in the Calallen, Corpus Christi, Flour Bluff, Tuloso-Midway and West Oso Independent School Districts.
Candidates should submit a letter of interest, a resumé and up to five letters of reference addressing their qualifications. The requested documents may be submitted to the Rivera by mail, in-person or electronically.
Documents must be received by noon March 15. Application drop-offs will not be available from March 8-12, but may be submitted by fax or email during that time.
The board will review materials during closed session during its regular monthly meeting March 16. Selected candidates should be prepared for interviews with board members during a special called meeting March 30.
The candidate selected for the District 3 seat will be sworn in and take his or her seat April 13, for the board’s regular meeting. The appointed individual will fill the District 3 seat for the remainder of the term, which runs through 2024.
For a complete list of eligibility requirements, visit statutes.capitol.texas.gov/docs/el/htm/el.141.htm or contact Del Mar College general counsel Augustin Rivera, Jr. at email@example.com or 361-692-8644.
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